Bob Kuechenberg, one of the most dominant players to ever suit up for the Miami Dolphins, has passed away at the age of 71.
“Kooch,” as he was affectionately called by players, coaches, and fans alike, was the center on all five of the Dolphins Super Bowl teams, following the 1971, ’72 ‘73, ’82, and ’84 seasons. He dominated Hall of Fame defensive lineman Alan Page in Super Bowl VIII, while playing with a 10-inch rod in his left arm and a cast. Former head coach Don Shula calls that one of the best performances he’s ever seen by an offensive lineman.
In 14 seasons with the team, he was called just 15 times for holding penalties, a number almost unfathomable in today’s NFL.
A first team All-Pro in 1978, Kuechenberg was a 6-time pro bowler in his career, and played in 196 games with 176 starts. He played collegiately at Notre Dame, and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He never signed with the Eagles, and say out that season, signing with the Dolphins in 1970.
Players from every team he played on have said that he deserves to be in the hall of fame. He’s been a finalist several times, but has yet to be voted in.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter: @EJFootball
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